7 musicals you must see at home or on your travels
Whether you’re lucky enough to have one of these shows plating in your home town or you spot the bright show posters on the likes of New York’s Broadway or London’s West End, these are some of the best musical theatre productions worth making a beeline for.
- The Lion King
With 85 million audience members worldwide, 70 major theatre awards and the crown of the third longest running show on Broadway, The Lion King is worth the hype.
- We Will Rock You
Queen songs, clever pop culture references and killer costumes. Need we say more?
- The Rocky Horror Show
Oh the antici…pation! If the idea of a bisexual alien transvestite sends your curious mind into a spin – or your pelvis thrusting – this could be the show for you. Raunchy? Tick. Tongue-in-cheek? Yes. Fun? You bet!
- Singin’ in the Rain
Fitting more into the wholesome entertainment category than its Rocky Horror counterpart, Singin’ in the Rain has serious feel good-factor. Prepare to be wowed by the high energy show, based on the 1952 film of the same name starring Gene Kelly, as you tap your toes to tunes you probably don’t realise you know like Good Morning, Make ‘em Laugh and All I do is Dream of You.
- Mamma Mia
Could there be a band with songs more perfect for musical theatre than ABBA? I think not. The story telling magic of the Swedish super group’s hits including Dancing Queen, Money, Money, Money and Waterloo are brought to life on stage with the funny tale of a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father on the eve of her wedding.
- The Book of Mormon
Religious satire is risky territory but that hasn’t stopped Trey Parker and Matt Stone – best known for creating South Park – teaming up with Robert Lopez from creating a smash hit with the show breaking ticket sale records and winning nine Tony awards.
The show opens in Melbourne in January. Details here.
- Les Misérables
If you’ve only encountered this story on the big screen – possibly or possibly not due to the recent film starring the one and only Hugh Jackman – it’s time to experience the epic production that is Les Mis on the stage.